Disappearances In Custody Six Years Ago Today

Disappearances In Custody Six Years Ago Today

By Yasmin Sooka –
Yasmin Sooka

Yasmin Sooka

On the 18 May 2009, a large number of witnesses saw more than a hundred LTTE military and civilian administration leaders surrender to the Sri Lankan army close to the Wadduvakkal Bridge. The vast majority of these people have subsequently disappeared and, according to eyewitnesses, were last seen in in the custody of the Sri Lankan military.

Those who surrendered on 18 May 2009 were screened and mostly put in a barbed wire holding area just south of the Wadduvakkal Bridge, which was in the control of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Many surrendered with an elderly Catholic Priest, Father Francis Joseph, who recorded the names of surrendees in a list for the military. Many eyewitnesses saw these prisoners, and in some cases their family members, loaded on a series of buses and taken away by the military. They and the priest have not been seen since being taken custody of by the military.

The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) has continued its work on the issue of the disappeared last seen in the custody of the military, and has compiled the list of names below.

The list comprises the names of 110 people seen surrendering to the military on 18 May 2009 by eyewitnesses who have now fled the country; it is by no means a comprehensive list. The ITJP through this press release wishes family members and relatives of the surrendees to know that there are eyewitnesses to the surrender of their loved ones to the military on the 18 May 2009 now living abroad. These eyewitnesses live outside of Sri Lanka as they fear for their security and reprisals against family members. The ITJP is cognisant of the fact that some of the people on the list may have been released from detention after many years, without the knowledge of our witnesses. We are also aware that eyewitnesses inside Sri Lanka and family members have also registered complaints or filed court cases regarding the disappearance of additional people who surrendered on 18 May 2009.

It is now well known that between 2009 and 2015, families of the disappeared have repeatedly sought answers from the Government of Sri Lanka on the fate of loved ones. Like families of the disappeared all over the world they need to know if loved ones are dead or alive as they live in world of uncertainty in pain and anguish. Unlike those families whose loved ones have died unrecorded in battle without a body to mourn and without closure, these families of the disappeared are unable to mourn or to have closure but know that their loved one was last seen in the custody of the authorities.

The failure on the part of the authorities to carry out a proper investigation into their subsequent disappearance is a further injustice as well as a personal tragedy. Under the Joinet/Orentlicher Principles to Combat Impunity, families and relatives have an imprescriptible right to the truth about the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones. There is also a corresponding obligation on the part of the State to initiate investigations and hold those responsible for the disappearances accountable.

An enforced disappearance is defined by three cumulative elements:
(1) Deprivation of liberty against the will of the person;
(2) Involvement of government officials, at least by acquiescence;
(3) Refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person.

A key element that characterises forced disappearance is that this practice removes the individual from the protection of the law1. This characteristic – and the reality of events confirms this – has the effect of suspending the enjoyment of all of the rights of the disappeared person and placing the victim in a situation of complete defencelessness.

The United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly affirmed that forced disappearance, “constitutes an offence to human dignity, a grave and flagrant violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms […] and a violation of the rules of international law”.2 Furthermore the jurisprudence of international organs for the protection of human rights agree in describing forced disappearance as a grave violation of human rights.3

International jurisprudence and legal doctrine has repeatedly indicated that forced disappearance per se constitutes a violation of the right to security of the person; of the right to protection under the law; of the right not to be deprived arbitrarily of one’s liberty; of the recognition of the legal personality of every human being; and of the right not to be subjected to torture or to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

We call on the government of Sri Lanka to undertake credible investigations into the forced disappearance of the more than a hundred people who disappeared while surrendering to the military on this day six years ago and to indict, prosecute and convict those responsible. Families are entitled to the truth about the fate and whereabouts of loved ones.

We also call upon the government of Sri Lanka to become a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. We welcome the news that the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is to be allowed to visit Sri Lanka and we urge the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with them and to allow unmitigated access to families of the disappeared ensuring that there will be no reprisals against them.

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*Yasmin Sooka – International Truth & Justice Project – Sri Lanka


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1 See, for example, par. 3 of the Preamble, Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. In this same context, see article II of the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons and article 7 (2) (i) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

2 Resolution 49/193 of the General Assembly, adopted 23 December 1994. In the same sense, see resolutions 51/94 of 12 December 1996 and 53/150 of 9 December 1998 .
3 With respect to the Human Rights Committee, see for example, the decision of 29 March 1982, Communication No. 30/1978, case of Bleier Lewhoff and Valiño de Bleier vs. Uruguay; and the Concluding observations – Burundi, of 3 August 1994 (United Nations document CCPR/C/79/Add.41, par. 9). Reference might also be made – among other sources – to the Judgment of 14 March 2001 by the Inter- American Court of Human Rights in the Barrios Altos case (Chumbipuma Aguirre et al. vs. Peru), par. 41.

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  •  14
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    All done by highly trained military officers who had been Trained in Sri Lanka Military academy . Trained in Sandhurst, India, Pakistan and in many reputed Military Training schools. Weren’t they taught or trained about the international regulation or treatment procedures of prisoners of war. The providers and trainers of the Sri Lankan Military officers should also Take the responsibility. Or were they Partnered the crimes committed at Mullivaaikaal and in the internment camps. It is a shame to UN that that they use the horrible SL army as international peace Keepers. They encourage such crimes by soldiers through employing them for good reward. The M3 should put a stop to Torture and punish the Torturers. The Torture will not stop the crime But lead for the punishing of the innocent.

    •  10
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      It is not WHO won the war, but HOW? This war ended like US using atom bombs to end ww2. By the use of Internationally banned heavy artillery for a civil-war, not done
      by past Leaders, the Regime was able to end the war supported by India/China/US/Israel/UK etc. which combination was never attempted by other
      leaders to overcome a separatist movement, timely named as “Terrorist” based on
      9/11 definitions. Further proof of what MR did after the war shows that he was
      working on a hidden agenda of Family Dynasty, tempted by the LTTE gold,overseas wealth, etc.etc that came under his direct control. He had to keep KP for this and
      arrest SF in the flow of events! Here we have a “Patriot” in the minds of villagers only. MR assured the IC that prohibited wepons were not used but were.
      The Media was so used & legislation so amended in the guise of a “war” to save SL.
      This has now come to an end. He dares not attend any “BBM” meetings of his
      henchmen but financed by MR to test the waters. His agenda at last MS mtg. was the
      final nail in his coffin. He has only one last thing to do – defend himself from the
      mounting truthfull accusations, if he can, which are too long for enumeration..

    •  6
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      6 years of a human’s life in custody. What a crime against humanity! How many lives? What is the point in forming international bodies in the name of human rights if they cannot do anything about it.

      Highly educated experts flaunting their expertise on these matters cannot bring to books, the Sri Lankan perpetrators who have only 8th or 10 grade education?

      Says a lot about the world we live in.

  •  5
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    Yasmin Sooka

    “On the 18 May 2009, a large number of witnesses saw more than a hundred LTTE military and civilian administration leaders surrender to the Sri Lankan army close to the Wadduvakkal Bridge. The vast majority of these people have subsequently disappeared and, according to eyewitnesses, were last seen in in the custody of the Sri Lankan military.”

    Wish you Good Luck and success in your difficult endeavour. It is rather unfortunate they were among a series of incidents in the land of Native Veddah Aethho that has happened especially since 1958.

    Many Disappeared in 1958.

    Still Many disappeared in 1971,

    Still Many disappeared in 1983.

    Still many Disappeared between 1984 and 1990…

    Still many, Still, many,disappeared since 1990. Many were expelled and Ethnically Cleansed. Some Still hanging out there in the jungles waiting to get home, and start their lives, 6 years after the war ended.

    You have your work cut out for you in this Land of Native Vedda Aethho.

    If you can pick some culprits, and punish them, that will be great, because, there will be a sense that if crimes are committed, there is good likelihood that they will be caught and punished.

    It looks like mostly the LTTE culprits who committed crimes were “punished’ by the defeat of the LTTE om may 18, 2009. You are after those culprits who punished LTTE and Tamil Civilians, beyond the Civilised Norms and Rules of “Geneva Convention”.

    List of attacks attributed to the LTTE

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    List of attacks attributed to the State 1958, 1983 ,xxxx – 2009?

    •  7
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      Amarasiri
      “You are after those culprits who punished LTTE and Tamil Civilians, beyond the Civilised Norms and Rules of “Geneva Convention”.

      Ok. killing prisoners of war are beyond ‘Geneva convention’. Are inferring from the the atrocities of Mahmud of Ghazni?

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        ken Robert

        “You are after those culprits who punished LTTE and Tamil Civilians, beyond the Civilised Norms and Rules of “Geneva Convention”.

        LTTE did not follow the Geneva conventions, and was no “required to ” because they were a pseudo state and did not sign, the geneva Convention, though expected to follow the norms of the geneva convention.

        Sri Lanka State, signed the Geneva convention, and therefore was “required to ” and “Expected to” follow the Geneva Convention.

        United States, United Kingdom, Israel, India and others signed the Geneva convention, and therefore was “required to ” and “Expected to” follow the Geneva Convention.

        War crime

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_crime

        A war crime is a serious violation of the laws and customs of war (also known as international humanitarian law) giving rise to individual criminal responsibility. Examples of war crimes include:[1]

        initiating a war of aggression
        murdering, mistreating, or deporting civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps
        murdering or mistreating prisoners of war or civilian internees
        forcing protected persons to serve in the forces of a hostile power
        killing hostages
        killing or punishing spies or other persons convicted of war crimes without a fair trial
        wantonly destroying cities, towns, villages, or other objects not warranted by military necessity

        Similar concepts, such as perfidy, have existed for many centuries as customs between countries, but these customs were first codified as international law in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. The modern definition of a war crime was further developed under the auspices of the Nuremberg Trials, based on the definition in the London Charter that was published on August 8, 1945. Along with war crimes, the charter also defined crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, which are often committed during wartime and in concert with war crimes.

        Article 22 of The Hague IV (“Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV); October 18, 1907”) states that: “The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited.”[2] Over the last century, many other treaties have introduced positive laws that place constraints on belligerents. Some of the provisions, such as those in the The Hague and the Geneva Conventions and the Genocide Convention, are considered to be part of customary international law, and are binding on all.[3][4] Others are only binding on individuals if the belligerent power to which they belong is a party to the treaty which introduced the constraint.

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          Amarasiri
          Thank you for your explanation. I may have misinterpreted your comment. Where is our self proclaimed expert on war crimes, redoubtable OTC?

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            Ken robert

            “Where is our self proclaimed expert on war crimes, redoubtable OTC?”

            Redoubtable????????????????????

            Please refer to marriage proposals:

            http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2015/05/17/c_brides.asp

            http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2015/05/17/c_grooms.asp

            Do we see a casteless society among the Sinhala/Buddhists as OTC would like us to believe?

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              Native
              Redoubtable????????????????????

              “redoutable” in terms of the length of the comment. not much in substance. Old adage from my university days
              If you can’t convince examiner then try confusing him ( rather dangerous advice which I never try to follow)

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        Geneva convention does not apply to terrorists. This was not a declared war between two nations.

    •  2
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      Yasmin Sooka

      RE” Disappearances In Custody Six Years Ago Today

      It is sad, we cannot get the diaapperad back.

      However, we can help, you can help, the last of the displaced back to their home villagers and homes destroyed by the war and expelled by LTTE.

      Can you help them. They are STILL Living.

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English) Published on Jun 1, 2013

      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

      PS. What about the Norwegians? They are still active.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-various-norwegian-agencies-that-supported-bbs-personnel/

  •  7
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    There is no way the Armed Forces let this sordid cast of characters live. They would have surely been gunned down regardless of surrender. They knew too much.

    Seymour Hersch’s exposure in the London Review of Books says that Bin Laden was killed because he knew too much about Saudi and CIA connections with Al-Qaida.

    Likewise these senior LTTE leaders would have known about secret dealings with previous SL Governments. So it would be in the best interests of the UNP and SLFP to silence any ‘loose ends’.

    No one in their right mind, thinks those on the above list are alive somewhere. No one in their right mind will think that any south Asian government would admit to extra Judicial killing. Ever. Period.

    All of this well known by UN experts who deal with conflicts of this nature worldwide. Yet they continue to make a living on the hopes of the kin of the disappeared/killed.

  •  13
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    The Sirisena-Ranil government was a useful stepping stone in eliminating the Rajapakse dictatorship from office and restoring a degree of democracy in Sri Lanka. To this extent it was a welcome forward step and a useful transition. However one should not have illusions that it will achieve much more. I wish to mention three matters.

    a) It has taken some steps to expose corrupt leaders of the Rajapaksa plutocracy, but it is a disappointment that it has not pressed any significant prosecutions despite the thousands of well known cases.
    b) The S-R government will give some token concessions to the Tamil people but it would be naive to expect any substantial devolution.
    c) As for bringing perpetrators of war crimes in the regime or in the military to book – forget it, S-R will never do it as this example amply illustrates.

    Let us not have illusions about the limitations of this government.

    •  5
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      It is knowing this as open truth that the TNA/NPC are persuing IC intervention to
      resolve the national issue. Local politicians will NEVER solve it as they are
      dependent on SB Votes for their existence. MS named as “Statesman” to-be will not
      utter a word to a resolution, but he has done his “duty” with a single-term Presidency.
      He will lead a peace-ful life ever after.

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      I agree that Srisena-Ranil- Chandrika government will ever accept war crimes and human rights violation committed by the military or the officials who responsible for those crimes because they are part of that crimes. It is true that they have ousted Mahinda regime and trying to show that they are taking actions against previous regime for corruption. Initially I had a hope that the new regime has a true intention towards rule of law and good intention towards democracy but now I doubt whether this is another well planned programme to cheat Tamils and international community. Though it looks they are taking some legal procedures towards corruption against previous regime, it appears they are not really interested in proving their corruptions. They are not moving towards any crimes committed by previous regime. Forget about war crimes and massacre of Tamil civilians, they are not prepared to move even an inch towards the murder of Lasantha or disappearances of Sinhalese journalists etc. etc. The way the media in the south potraying Mahinda and their intention to bring back Mahinda inside the Government doubts the motive of this government.
      It is difficult to predict how it is going to go in the future.

      •  1
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        Former Sri Lankan President speaks out on Killing Fields
        http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/former-sri-lankan-president-speaks-out-on-killing-fields

        Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga delivered a landmark speech in Colombo on Sunday in which she spoke of the horror her children expressed after viewing Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields.

        Jon Snow’s critically-acclaimed investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers, featured devastating new video evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity – some of the most horrific footage Channel 4 has ever broadcast.

        Kumaratunga became the world’s first female president in1994, governing Sri Lanka until 2005. Both of her parents had formerly held the office of Prime Minister in Sri Lanka.

        In her address at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute entitled ‘Economic Development, Inclusive Societies and Peace’ she spoke of the battle for peace in the country and her dismay over the failure of successive governments to resolve the treatment of the Tamil minority which led to the formation of the armed separatist group, the Tiger Tamils LTTE.

        Kumaratunga called for Sri Lanka’s to have the humility to admit that they have failed as a nation, to accept their mistakes, make amendments and she criticised the, “continued denial of proven facts and abuse of our honest critics will not resolve the problem for anyone.” She went on to say: “I shall remember till the end of my days the morning when my 28 year-old son called me, sobbing on the phone to say how ashamed he was to call himself as Sinhalese and a Lankan, after he saw on the UK television a 50 minute documentary called Killing Fields of Sri Lanka which I also had the great misfortune of seeing. My daughter followed suit, saying similar things and expressing shock and horror that our countrymen could indulge in such horrific acts. I was proud of my son and daughter, proud that they cared for the others, proud that they have grown up to be the man and woman their father and mother wanted them to be.”

        An edited report on the speech is available to be viewed here, on a Colombo-based news website:

        http://www.youtube.com/user/NewsFirstSrilanka#p/u/5/1HT6YRYupKs (opens in a new window)

        Kumaratunga’s speech follows other politicians who have spoken out about Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. After it was screened in Australia, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described it as, “deeply disturbing” and said: “(The) Human Rights Council can’t simply push this to one side. Action needed.” When asked about the film at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron told MPs that the Sri Lanka government, “does need to be investigated” and, “lessons need to be learned.” And in a statement issued after the film aired in the UK, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said he was “shocked by the horrific scenes” in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, and “if the Sri Lankan government does not respond we will support the international community in revisiting all options available to press the Sri Lankan Government to fulfil its obligations.”

        Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields on Channel4.com and 4oD “

    •  1
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      Professor Kumar David

      “c) As for bringing perpetrators of war crimes in the regime or in the military to book – forget it, S-R will never do it as this example amply illustrates. Let us not have illusions about the limitations of this government.”

      Looks like you are becoming street smart now. What happened to your socialist theories?

      Never mind.

      “perpetrators of war crimes”? Most of them are at large, just like when LTTE was there, with war crimes on their hands. LTTE Committed war crimes, they were at large until fully defeated. Remember, the expulsion of 100,000 Northern Muslims and killing them was a war crime.

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    Sooka,
    What is important is the names of the witnesses, evidence that the so called “disappeared” existed (birth certificates, occupation, statements from the next of kin and blood samples from them for DNA analysis). Without such information this list has no value.
    While you are at this list making business, can you also make a list of families who confirm that their family member/s were LTTE terrorists? I am yet to hear a single Tamil family accepting so.

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      Eusense,

      Your comment has ZERO value

      It is confirmed Rajapakse brothers, extended family and their supporters are the real terrorists, mass murderers, …

      They want to call themselves BUDDHISTS!!!!!!

      You do not belive in photographic evidence, you do not believe in video evidence.

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        Anpu

        “Your comment has ZERO value”

        Because Nuisance, sach, Sarojini, Thresa, Taraki, Janzz, Champa ……….. others use the same script writer.

        Have you noticed sach gone, suddenly Nuisance appears?

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          vedda,
          For once why don’t you write a rebuttal for me?
          I have seen enough of you zero value responds like this!

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        anpu
        You should take each of my statements and answer why I am wrong. If you can’t stop writing irrelevant garbage.
        PS.
        I will believe photos and videos if they furnish the originals.

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    The issue that is raised by Yasmin Sooka in this article cannot be mysterious as it sounds, particularly with a change of regime. I am confident that if there are any surrenders, particularly ones given by Father Francis Joseph, the names and any identification number must be available with the military now provided the names given to the military and the names that Yasmin has tally each other. It is time that the Government of Sri Lanka release the names of persons surrendered to its forces during that time and what became of them in order to clear the air, this way or that way, after all I do not see that as a security risk excepting for the fact that former surrenderees themsleves want that concealed. Let us not forget that Mrs. Rohana Wijeweera prefered the Navy protection even long after the end of JVP insurrection.

    Yasmin, in this article admits the following:

    “The ITJP is cognisant of the fact that some of the people on the list may have been released from detention after many years, without the knowledge of our witnesses.”

    It is also noted that many in her list were directly involved with the LTTE in a big way and their family members. We all know that LTTE and its regime was despised even by the Tamils themselves for the brutality they practised. So would some of these people come back to the society of the North after practising inhuman acts? Chances are that they would have changed their identity and good many would be out of the Sri Lanka, particularly in the “Western World”, claiming refuge, thus seeking greener pastures. I am not an expert on military practises but it is possible that they have negotiated with the authorities not to disclose their release for the fear of being witch-hunted by the Northerners themselves.

    Yasmin turns herself an academic in trying to define enforced disappearance by starting with deprivation of liberty against the will of the person. What matters most is the concealment of the person of his whereabouts given that the concealed is in the custody or control of the concealer. But if the circumstances are as per the previous paragraph which is consistent with Yasmin’s own admission is there an enforced disappearance?

    Coming back to ground reality it is not out of place for Yasmin and the ITJP to interview a good number of those who even fought for the LTTE, then surrendered, released and now making a good living to examine the circumstances under which they spent there time of detention so that the implied presumption that those whom the person who was last seen with are “responsible” for the “fate” of the individual.

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      So let’s consider for the time being, that those who were LTTE and their relatives are been killed or made to disappear due to their connectinon/collobarion against the govt’s dictat., law of the country.

      Let’s face the fact, WHAT happen to Father Francis Josheph. ?

      The military and the big shots of then govt shoud answer this billion dollar question !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        Why should you consider for the time being that they were LTTE and therefore they should be killed? That is barbaric to kill them in cold blood. My point is made clear in the comment I made and I suggest to Yasmin and her organisation to make the inquiries complete. I see another comment below claiming that he saw them in Switzerland, which is consistent with Yasmin’s own admission which I have highlighted in my original comment.

        Now I wonder whether pressure is created upon the Government of Sri Lanka to find the so called disappeared which it might do to clear its name and thereby permt the interested Northerners to take revenge for out of the so called disappeared who committed brutal acts on their own compatriots.

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      [Edited out]

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    Yasmin Sooka

    I saw them all in zurich .

    Regards and Cheers

    Abhaya

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      @ Welldone

      If so prove at least one guy is in Zurich …..so that Mrs Zooka is telling lies..

      Do you know where is Zurich?

      Remember during Murderpakse regime one minister told in the Parliament that ex-cartoonist…… Eheliyagoda is living and working in Paris while his wife is searching for him with tears …..remember…this ???

      Don’t think this Mrs.Zooka is like your Sinhala film star..she is a powerful person and every word from her is accepted by international community …

      By the way there were many accusations against ex-Iraq President Saddam Hussain for ordering killings but he was hanged just for one single proved case..this is way law work

      Next stop for Muderpakse and Doggabaya is ICC at The Hague…

      The only way to escape the ICC trail and prison life is committing suicide ..

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        Zurich is a place in your behind

        if you take your head out of it you will be able to see it

        Cheers and good luck

        Abhaya

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        The name of the journalist who conveniently “disappeared” after a financial fraud is not even Ehaliyagoda. This man is poorly informed.
        Most of the “witnesses” of the Sooka lot are old LTTE hands and some of the “disappeared” had connections to deep coffers of the diaspora that they could buy their way even from Guantanamo or Abu Gareb. It is not just in Zurich that you need to look for them, but also in Marhkam and Scarborough etc.
        Sooka does not know that some of these LTTE were exactly the killers of Muslims who were praying when they were mercilessly mowed down. They have human rights only once they are proven to be human.
        Terrorists are like cancer cells and they ned to be eliminated.
        What about the over 1,000,000 who disappeared in Iraq that US secy. of state Madeline Albright said was justified collateral?

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      Pambaya

      Did you see Prageeth Eknaligoda also? You must have seen the ghosts. Be assured they will haunt you.

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    Cynaide capsules were seen among all these single named terrorists . Sooka [Edited out]

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      @ Abhaya

      Don’t worry probably Murderpakse, Doogabaya and his Generals will take CYNIADE capsules to escape prison after ICC trials..

      These guys are shivering today like wet street rats …

      Cowards few months ago the way they talked ….

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        Cholan

        you are delusional . take yo meds

        Cheers

        Abhaya

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    Gota! Read this and grapple with your conscience,if you have one!

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    Disappearance of Wasim Thajudeen..

    YO-SHIT-A in deep shit !

    Now that his uncle GOATa and Tiran Alles has filed FR cases…he may follow the trend…

    The justice system has become a mockery…. IF GOATA can file a case not to get arrested, so should WELE Suda’s bro and all other criminals…

    http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/thajudeen-murdered

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      Disappearance of Wasim Thajudeen..

      Rugby player’s death was not accidental: Police Published on Feb 26, 2015
      An inquest into the mysterious death of former national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen has been initiated following the emergence of new information with respect to the case in the recent past, Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlvY_P-rbZA

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    Thank god. Your name is not in the list.

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    These are like fake ltte videos, photos. Now they are creating imaginary documents with ltte names as missing.
    Who cares if these morons exist today ? If they are taken out by any party then we should give them medals and thats how civilised world work today. Ask yanks, they just shoot them and drop them at sea.
    Good terrorist is a dead terrorist.
    This Yasmin women has no job and now paid by ltte to write these rubbish.

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    GoSL and Sri Lanka Army clearly violated all norms of human rights and there is no denial a Genocide committed by these brutal forces under the patronage of Rajapkse brothers namely Gota and Mahinda.

    Justice is knocking these men’s door now and the Hague is not far way with a one way ticket.

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    Who killed Saddam’s sons? Where is the UN investigation? Hypocrites.

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      Silly question by Taraki. You should know Sooka is paid to protect the rich and powerful countries and, torment countries that do not conform to their agendas. A poor woman like Sooka needs the job to feed a family like you do. Never mind the 600 unarmed policemen shot and killed in cold blood; pregnant Sinhala women, children and babies hacked to death by the Tamil Terrorists. Sooka is is only concered with what she is paid to do and impartiality and morality are not in her job description. So, Taraki, the poor woman has to feed her family and get off her back!

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        lal loo

        “You should know Sooka is paid to protect the rich and powerful countries and, torment countries that do not conform to their agendas.”

        What is their agenda?

        “Never mind the 600 unarmed policemen shot and killed in cold blood; pregnant Sinhala women,”

        Please find out whether LTTE used the arms that Premadasa supplied to them through his armed forces.

        And does that absolve army from all war crimes which it committed from 5th April 1971?

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    I do not beleive this. Our soldiers went in to battle with the gun in one hand and the UN Charter on HR in the other hand. Needless to say, it was the Sinhala translation, and it is possible that there may have been some mistranslations in it, which could have led to unfortunate incidents.

    But that is not the fault of the armed forces.

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    Some of the persons are described as children aged 3, 8, and 10. How can anyone use the argument that these are LTTE activists, especially the child aged 3.

    Oh yeah! How stupid of me. May be this child aged 3 is a future combatant according to MR’s astrologer. Hence the treatment.

    Anyway, MR’s life is not going to be comfortable. How can we even think of making our PM?

    Additionally, if anyone is interested in stopping MR’s antics here is a way to do it.

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    Ladies and Gentlemen

    There is a long list of such atrocities committed by GOSL over the years irrespective of the political party in power.
    I was a witnesses to one in 2012 at the Walikada prison, where STF stormed the prison, after the agitated prisoners had backed down, and massacred prisoners in cold blood. Some of the prisoners were shot while they were locked up in their cells.
    This has been the modus operandi of our governments so far, Mara’s being the worst.
    Public don’t seem to mind it either. For most its business as usual.
    Our ‘donkeys’ think we are still in the dark ages when the monarchy had absolute power over the people. The King would execute people for the most trivial reason.

    Lets face it, what is wrong is wrong irrespective of ones race, religion, cast or creed. If it can happen to you it can also happen to me. Lets put a stop to extra judicial killing in Sri Lanka.

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    Weren’t these the guys who told youngsters never to surrender and to pop the cyanide pills.So many did that trusting their leaders will also do the same.So who cares whether these top rungers have been killed or not.It is a dead`issue as far as i’am concerned because technically they would be dead anyway if they had popped the cyanide capsule.

    When captured soldiers from elephant pass army camp and surrendered policemen from batticaloa were killed where was Yasmin Sooka?

    She should be concentrating on innocent civilian deaths instead.

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      Shankar

      Just curious. Where were you when that happened. On your way to Canada to claim asylum after LTTE drove you out for Spying. It is a dead issue as far I am concerned because you would have been dad anyway.

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        kali

        Just curious.What are yu going to do for the tamils who died and others who suffered`due to you.can you bring them back to life like king ashoka ‘did’ when a mother brought her dead child to him.

        What about the parents who lost their 5 children because of you.Can you compensate them with a hat collection in Canada.

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          Shankar.

          Don’t talk rubbish you hat flipper. Have you asked Karuna about this and man who started all this and let me tell you it was your Boss the THUG.
          I am not prepared to take lectures from you especially after what your lot ISIS are you doing to each other.

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    Yasmin Sooka

    Disappearances In Custody Six Years Ago Today:

    The people who were responsible ( MR,Gotha etc) have now begun the long march to captivity.
    Once they are jetted off to the HAGUE like Milosevic they will disappear into thin air never to be seen again.

    MR crying foul
    Gotha begging for Clemency
    Basil begging for a bit of day light.

    Crime never pays.

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